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in the justice department, working on crime and cyber issues. leonard has a ba from law school. steve is senior vice president of legal affairs, general counsel, and chief risk officer of the internet technology firm, cloud strike. he's also an adjunct faculty member at george washington university, and a cyber columnist for "security" magazine, and prior to joining crowd strike, steve was at the first for 17 years, deputy assistant director in the fbi's cyber division, prior to that, he organizedded and led the fbi's cyber intelligence program. he's also served in the office of director of national intelligence, and he's a graduate of duke university and duke law school. laura donohue is a professor of law at georgetown law and director of georgetown's center of national security in the law. she writes on national security and counterterrorism law in the united states and the united kingdom including on emerging technologies. professor donohue held fellowships at stanford law school center for constitutional law, stanford university center for international security and cooperation, and harvar
-- >> not your job. this is an orphan. mr. vanroekel, you came out of the private sector. bill gates and steve balmer and a lot of other people at microsoft would have had somebody's net hung, maybe not literally, and maybe not fired them, but they would would want to know, demand to know, steve jobs when he was alive over at apple, or in the other programs, they would have said, who the blank is responsible for this failure? can you tell me today whose job it was to make sure that we didn't have this dreadful failure to launch, that didn't call the one person that should have known and didn't do their job? one person. who was that person? >> as i said earlier, i wasn't close to the actual development. i'm not in a position to make that call. >> i had you, mr. park, mr. baitman and mr. chao, none of you today can tell us who failed to do their job. and as a result, the american people lost a month of any effective, real ability to sign up. this website was dead at launch for all practical purposes. and i'm sorry, mr. chao, but you can give me all the numbers you want, six on the first day, 240
-owned entity, and sadly, it has struggled since. part of the problem, steve, is that congress does not look at transportation as a single entity. it looks at it in a stove pipe fashion in that aviation, amtrak, highways, are dealt with separate bills in separate budgets. the traveler does not say i am exclusively a railroad traveler. a traveler on any day might use highways, aviation, railroads, and what would certainly help america's transportation situation today would be to fund all of the modes to a multimodal, single transportation budget, which is not being done. what we are doing today is lobbyists from each of the modes are coming to capitol hill and fighting for their share of the pie. because amtrak is relatively poor, does not have a political action committee, it does not fare as well as the other modes do on the hill. host: i want to come back to that in a moment, but let's look at amtrak by the numbers. on any given day it operates 300 passenger trains daily. it has more than 21,000 miles of roots. it connects more than 500 destinations in 46 states, washington, d.c., and thre
. mike harper, urbandale. right over there. the board of supervisors. chad, dallas county auditor. steve shepler. national committeewoman. member of the state central committee. and my old friend darrell. you've all gotten many calls from him. we've been working together for 46 years. where are you? nobody knows more about iowa politics and how to raise money. committee,nt of the right over here. we were duckhunting and we were not getting any. we were all wet. he looked at me and he said, maybe are not throwing the dog high enough. these are the good people keeping this government into nana working well. iowa and taxes are both working very well. let's have jack come up and give us a legislative report from the iowa senate. [applause] >> thank you for being here tonight and thank you for your support. it would not be possible without all of your support. it's very much appreciated. giving a brief report and i would like to introduce my colleagues in attendance tonight. the first from urbandale, brad. from south the last iowa, state senator joni ernst. and finally our newest senator, cha
which to fund discretionary spending than do upper income households. i will now turn it over to steve to tell us more about our other findings. you, i'm executive director of the consumer federation of america. our survey data contains both good news and bad news. there hasews is that been the continued increase in the percentage that will say they will spend more and the decrease in the percentage who say they will spend less. the changes from 2011, in particular, are substantial from eight-14% say they will spend more and from 41-32% who say they will spend less. certainly one reason for these changes is improved family finances. most significantly, the percentage who said their financial situation had worsened declined from 37% in 2011 to 29% this year. these data are economic recovery indicators. thesurvey also suggests government shutdown and related budget controversies have tended to depress spending. over half of respondents indicated that " recent controversies over federal government spending and borrowing" had affected their holiday spending plans with nearly one/5 say ve
studies and cybersecurity at long island. please welcome me in joining dr. steve bucci. [applause] welcome todd my everyone here and coming on to c-span. i have to tell you we seldom get right on anf this event. this was planned thinking we would be commenting on the ongoing discussions. now have to comment on what apparently is a deal. treat here with the panel that we have. i will introduce them quickly so that we can get to their remarks . we will start with my colleague jim, he is our middle eastern analyst focused on the middle east and international terrorism since 1978. he's a former research fellow at the congressional research service. the nsa,consultant for dod, the national republican institute and a member of the board of editors's middle eastern quarterly. fromwed by patrick clawson the washington institute of near east policy, the largest u.s. think tank focusing on the middle east. he has edited or written over 30 farsi.nd he speaks he can read stuff the rest of us cannot. he has also served as a senior economist at the dod national fornse university, worked the
was watching from my crib, steve. well, a couple of thoughts on that. i mean, george h.w. bush ended up winning that election, didn't he? a harsh exchange. dan rather did have a reputation as being a that of a hit ball -- a pit bull in injuries. was the interview dell advised? -- ill advised? going armed with ammo into the interview, the seven minutes reference, so he expected it to be contentious. i think that those who would be impartiality, if that is possible, may have said that dan rather may have overstepped in again trying to take over -- trying to suck up all the oxygen in the room. if you ask a question, you have to allow your subject time to answer it, and we did not see that. we saw back and forth, talking over the stuff that became fashionable in the crossfire type programs, and it has become a true annoyance. this is a format that was pioneered by "nightline." i work for ted koppel as his producer and writer there. it was not to be that way. it was meant to allow an exchange, not babble. thes paul harvey would say, rest of this jury, the person behind that camera, advising
at the white house website. what's happening, and i think steve touch on this is back, and i've been trying to remember why we did this. i worked on these issues in the clinton white house, and for some reason, we split them. there's a secure working group and e-commerce working group. i was one of the two crossover people. why did we split them? who knows. they've come back together. there's now issues of cybersecurity and internet govern nans, the itu overlapping considerably. as part of that, you have the control over content issues, and you have the issue of transporter data flows, not helped by the snowden revelations; right? every country has the same reaction. we did too. you know, you'll store data in other country, oh, it's got to be here; right? most countries, actually, that's the opening position. that's the debate we're having now. how do you manage -- we're in a period of transition. we're moving to a world where cyberspace will be treated like every other space, like the seas or whatever, physical end, and how you manage that transition so that we don't lose key values and ye
? jean? >> there were meetings conducted by her. steve --et with >> in those meetings? so you were all part of those meetings? >> steve chaired -- >> i am asking about the white house meeting. there were 29 white house meetings of which you had this group. who were the people in the room? were you in their? >> i am not trying to be difficult, but there were different parts of it. a white house conference center. , shee meetings with jean was leading. the 29 meetings. >> that was probably less than a handful. >> ok. my question is, i am a little confused how the president would be surprised this was such a debacle on october 1 if you were all meeting regularly with the white house. why would they be surprised on october 1 that it did not roll out the way everybody thought it should? the subject matter, at least with my attendance being there, was to discuss things such as the status of the hub development. >> did anybody express concern there was a problem? that october 1, there would be a problem? >> no. quest there was no one in that room. we had all the brightest minds in the world i
as well. >> thank you, mr. ambassador. steve shapiro, a councilmember. if you could just expound a bit on the difficulties demonstrated in the afghanistan operation by conflicting rules of engagement and caveated forces. i think that's a complex issue i don't get to hear enough about. >> just on that, i mean, every operation has -- every country that operates within a coalition perspective will have its own specific issues of concern. we have caveats, the united states. the issue is whether those caveats affect the operational effect of the force. at least since i was involved in this operation since 2009, the answer is no, that most of the caveats that really did have an operational impact were removed, were dropped in one way or another, and the effectiveness of the force as a totality to do what it needed to do was not affected by these caveats. but let's be clear. caveats is a reality of coalition warfare. and it's a reality that affects us as much as anybody else. and it is -- it is -- it's a myth that somehow there's some countries that have caveats and others don't. that's not q
on the table. my name is steve duncan. i'm going to follow up what mike said. in 1936 when germany was building its air power as fast as it could, there was a guy named churchill who on that house of commons was arguing for defense spending. said wee minister should not do that. he said there was no political mandate. churchill got up by himself and said we must remember that the protection of the british entry -- country does not require a mandate. it is the first order of duty. when i was in the government hired to 9/11, i made a visit to israel. i was meeting with their security leaders and i was impressed with the security. i was talking to one individual and he expressed the view that when i asked the question what is your strategic approach to fighting terrorism his answer was we know we cannot eliminate it but we hope we can reach a point where it is politically the number oft events. and wes fine before 9/11 were not thinking about weapons of mass destruction. aboutday we had to worry missiles on soviet warheads. now we're getting to the point where we have to worry about one individual
of senator durbin's and mine. steve bachus is a veteran of iraqi and lost his sight in battle in that country. 27 years old, i want you to think about him. too often, we have a problem in thinking about our veterans as victims. they are victors. he was an ardent rock climber. he was one of the victors that tammy and i see all the time. we rehab a lot at walter reed, where in that room where we are working all the time is 20 legs or arms missing. you cannot hold those guys back. i would say that this convention become victorsto instead of the ones. -- instead of victims. >> thank you, senator kirk. we appreciate your advocacy as well. >> i will point out the projectile that hurt steve was made in iran. no more passionate proponent nuclearg to stop iran's weapons, as well as their acts of terrorism. thank you for that as well. i know you both have busy schedules. with our thanks to the committee, we will excuse you both. let me call up our second panel. we have a large panel here. i asked the witnesses to limit their presentations to five minutes so that the committee can engage in a question a
tonight. guest: steve, great to be with you. on politico, a map you are keeping track county by county. it is almost as if you are a flyover across the state, a lot of red areas. the blue areas along the border in norfolk and northern virginia, fairfax and loudoun county. guest: right now in the poll, cuccinelli has the lead because a lot of the big, rural part of the state has reported. they are cuccinelli republican areas. we are still waiting on returns from a big swath of northern virginia which should favor mcauliffe. is a relatively close race, closer than some of the poll suggested it would be. he is roughly on par with president obama's numbers and a swing sweet counties -- counties which is one of the main suburban counties outside of the capitol in richmond. performed obama. cuccinelli will be the underdog race remains too close to call. >> about 80% of the vote now in and ken cuccinelli is ahead, 47% to 60 -- 46%. all of the polls are this past week showing terry mcauliffe ahead and the libertarian candidate getting anywhere 8%.ween 5%- that does not seem to be the numbers s
to a constituent of senator durbin's and mine. steve august. he is a veteran of iraq and lost his sight in battle in that country. 27 years old. i want you to think about him as too often we have a problem in thinking of our veterans as -- they are victors. steve is a rock climber and he is one of those big year's that candy and i see all the time. we rehab a lot. we were in that room working all the time is about 20 legs or arms missing for those guys. you cannot hold those guys back in this convention allows people to go and become victors instead of victims. ..
have in the military world? >> thank you. >> sorry i've been so long. >> final question. >> steve shapiro atlantic council member. i want to push back a little on jason's comment that it's the techies on one side and war fighting on the other side and use that to get to barry's point which is probably from my perspective the major point of the day, of the panel. in a meeting i had in the end of '11 with the latvian presidential cyber team, it was disclosed to my group that the major cyber problem latvia faced was not war fighting problems but most every operating simoned by civilians throughout the country was purchased on the black market. the black market, of course, was produced in the east. as a result, it was estimated in december of '11 that 80% of personal computers in latvia were affected with bot-nets controlled by some mysterious third party. the idea in the techies in the war fighting are separate in this regard need to be blended. because latvia viewed that as a major national security threat including one of the presidential team's own pc as he bought his system on th
are honored to have present as well. steve grossman, treasurer of the commonwealth. either -- other mail elected officials stand in support of the cause of women in politics. [applause] by aht's event was sparked milestone in women's political activism. 175 years ago, right here in boston, angelina grimke, a white southerner from charleston, south carolina became the first american woman to address a legislative body. tonight, we are honored to have her great great rants on, mark mason here with us. please give him applause. [applause] angelina rigged key -- grimke's purpose was to present petitions bearing the signatures of 20,000 massachusetts women. black and white, to a joint committee of the general court. the petitioner sought to have congress and slavery in the district of convio but before angelina grimke spoke about the issue of slavery, she knew she had to address the elephant in the room. the fact that she was a woman giving a speech to group of elected officials, not to mention her other audience, all the men and women who had crowded into the house chamber. hers was a radica
defense. lead consultant on ibm policy.r lease join me in welcoming dr. steve. to tell you we seldom et the timing of this right on an event. this event was planned thinking the ond be commenting on going discussions, instead we ow have to comment on what apparently is a deal. a rare treat here with the panel that we have. i'm going to introduce them their so we can get to remarks. we'll start with our colleague here at heritage jim phillips. middle eastern analyst. he has focused on the middle international terrorism since 1978. fellow atmer research the congressional research service and is a consultant to security counsel, department of defense and the international republican institute and he's a member of editors on middle east quarterly. e'll be follow by patrick clawson. he has edited or written over 30 and monographs and can he persian farsi. he worked for the world bang nternational fund and for 18 quarrelly.the senior editor also served for several years s the chief of staff for both ambassador john bolt ton and serving seph who were as under secretary state forearms control
is steve duncan. i'm going to fall upon what mike said with a couple of historical perspective. in 1936 when germany was building its airpower's ss as it could. there was a guy named churchill who was arguing for increased defense spending. the government said no. and the prime minister indeed got up and said no, we shouldn't do that because we have no political mandate to raise defense spending and we can't afford. churchill got up by himself, not very popular at the time and said, you know, we must remember that the protection of the british country does not require a political mandate. it is the first order of duty of any british government. with that in mind when i was in the government prior to 9/11, in the defense department i made an official visit to israel and i was meeting with all of their national security leaders and i was impressed when i landed in tel aviv with security. i was talking to one individual and he expressed the view and the maven personal, when asked the question, what is your strategic approach to fighting terrorism? his answer was, well, we know we can't eli
they value on the web, thank you, steve jobs, right? games,ovide to buy something you find of value, so that is changing, but the second thing is let's not pretend to believe that 14-year-olds by newspapers. they did not, and they never will. they come to newspapers when they find a value equation. when they get a first job, or and they have a family, what they are offering, and public schools, and engaging with the community in a different way, and absolutely, i think that those things are coming together. tim, i want to go to your content strategy, because it is really interesting. you create content, and then you sell access, providing access to your audience. can you explain how you will make the decision between what you will cover and what other people should cover? how do you do that? >> it is a simplistic way. that we have a theory that most people care about a limited set of things. month, and i will underline something. as people become older, time becomes more valuable as well, so people start spending more time on things that matter more than they are willing to pay for thin
? >> steve jobs was not in the pipeline. >> he started his thing with his friend in the garage. you know -- >> i don't think that there are endless -- and i think that we do need them -- endless training programs to get that pipeline. will they run for school board and will they run for city council? we have all these tiered -- by the time that they get to the senate, they have been through so many layers and they are much older than the men. they have fewer terms and they will have less seniority. in a sense, that is a real hold back. we have to get women to think beyond -- and you hear them say all the time, i do not really know what i need to know about running for congress and i want to get some experience to work my way up. >> you have done the reporting. the other part for young woman as their making decisions is, "i want a family and i want to do something else first. then, i will come to this." [laughter] >> that is why we need men in the pipeline to be parents. [applause] >> i would say that that is fine and women to do a whole lot of different things during the course of their
to commend with. it's their ability on steve's issue. we're all related. >> we were having a discussion hat i purposely stayed out of. and at the own the day the symbolism of the pa len stein issue matters a lot. we're not going to be worried ever again. but having said that at the palestine issue, it gives the al stanees word world like it. there will be a whole list of others there strog do with egypt and so on and so forth. the palestine issue does matter. we need to understand how does it matter. and they're like oh, that we need to be -- we need be real hollow sticks. so president obama has all sorts of confusion issues, obamacare. so the question is will -- if he tibe make the deal with the iranians which satisfies him and satisfied secretary statement of kerry. it's a real consideration. and the same consideration exists 10 years. it's someone to make deal with the yourself. the other is i would get your ams so sort be leader. there was some imperfections and what the supreme leader was the phone call between obama. it goes to that level. it shows you how difficult it is to make. advoc
a few. i want to recognize former president and ceo of the financial services roundtable steve bartlett, who is here. when he was in the house, he was a leader in the effort to pass the ada, and we appreciate his presence. we received individual letters from 84 nonprofit disability and religious organizations like the red cross, easter seals, and special olympics. not to mention sign-on letters representing over 1000 friends groups. we have heard from individuals, some not so well-known, and some very well-known citizens, like colin powell, a chinese human right activist, loretta clairborne, and dr. jordan, the president emeritus of gallaudet university, who wrote, "nothing is more american than recognizing equal opportunity for all citizens." so i think at the end of the day, dr. jordan's simple statement is in substance why we must ratify the treaty. we have several petitions that have been organized by different groups with a total of over 67,000 signatures. and let us not forget what this treaty means to veterans. we have received letters of support from organizations, including the
of senator durbin's and mine steve baucus. he is a veteran of iraq and lost his sight in battle in that country. 27 years old. i want you to think about him as too often we have a problem in thinking of our veterans as victims. they are victors. steve is an ardent rock climber. he is one of those big nurse that tammy and i see all the time. we have a lot and we are in that room working on all the time is about 20 legs or arms missing from those guys. i would just say that this convention allows people to go man, go and become victors instead of victims. >> thank you senator kirk. we appreciate your being here with us and sharing your sentiments and we appreciate your advocacy for the treaty. >> mr. chairman i will point out the projectile that heard steve was made in iran. >> no more passionate proponent than trying to stop iran's nuclear weapons as well as they are acts of terrorism so thank you for that as well. i know you both have busy schedules so with that thanks to the committee we will excuse you both. and, a let me call up our second panel. we have a large panel here. s
entirely public but it is available at the white house website. >> what is happening, steve touched on this, i have been trying to remember why we did this. i worked on these issues in the clinton white house and we split them. we have a secure network group and ecommerce working group and i was one of the two crossover people. why did we split them? who knows? they have come back to get there so you now see the shoes of cybersecurity and internet governance, overlapping considerably and as part of that you have control over content issues and the issue of data flows and not helped by the ed snowden revelations so every country has the same reaction. you will storm my data in another country? no way. it has got to be here. most countries that is their opening position. that is the debate we are having now. we are in a period of transition, moving to a world where cyberspace will be treated like every other space, physical landor the seas, how you manage that transition so the we don't lose key values and yet we can have a more stable and secure environment will be more difficult so we have
, steve. pleasure to be speaking with you. i have a quick comment. then i want to ask a question. it is a pleasure. >> go ahead. >> i have a quick comment. then i wanted to ask a question. i wanted to thank c-span for educating me about president kennedy's africa policies and how instrumental it was in solving the cuban missile crisis. i also wanted to ask mr. reeves this morning, and it is wonderful to be speaking with you as well, about president being uniquely positioned as the first irish catholic president and the civil rights speech, to speak about something as old as the scriptures and clear as the constitution, that we have no class system or masquerade. -- or master race. and how that should really be for all americans 50 years later. >> thanks for the call. tim is describing part of the extraordinary 48 hours in the kennedy presidency when he gave what is called the peace speech at american university, saying perhaps we should take another look at the cold war. how did we get into it? are we really adversaries or are we all moral and do we all care about our children an
for two generations. steve jobs, equally fundamental innovation or more fundamental innovations, produced even greater success for him, and for his shareholders, but there was no comparable, large-scale, middle-class job creation.
you, steve jobs. it is now simple to buy games, by something you find of value at a number of ages. that is changing. let's not thing is, attend a 14-year-old spot newspapers. they did not. they never did. people come to newspapers when they find the need for the value equation. that is often when they get a first job, or they have a family and they start to think about what the community is offering and what public schools -- and they start to engage with the community in a different way. absolutely i think those things are coming together. i want to go to your content strategy. it is really interesting. i think you create some content and then you sell access or you do deals with people like everyday health, provide access to your audience. how you makelaine the decision of what you cover and what other people will cover? at how you do that? toour strategy is essentially -- we have a theory that most people care about a limited set of things. 70% of web users use less than 15 sites a month. older,le tend to get their time becomes more valuable as well. people start to spend more
. was the white house aware of these concerns at the time? >> steve, we said all along i know that there's selective leaks going on out of various house committees of, as they conduct oversight into this, but we said all along that there were in the testing of this instances where there were problems that were identified and fixes that were undertaken to the welcome back site. the web site. what we did not expect was that we would have the size problem that we had come october 1st. in and -- if we had expected that, we wouldn't have been promoting the launch of the web site in the run-up to it in the way that we were. president was very candid about that. i mean, it does not stand the test of logic to suggest that we somehow knew that the web site would perform as poorly as it did and a week before or four days before were encouraging people to go to it and talking about how it would be fairly functional and effective. so there's no question if the point of these selective leaks is to get everybody to recognize that the web site performed terribly on october 1st, i don't think that's a p
patients to take care of ten million more people in the system. >> host: steve is in troy, michigan, on our independent line. hi, steve. >> caller: good morning, representative harris. >> guest: good morning. >> caller: i do have a question, but i have a few things to say before the question. now, i didn't have insurance until i was in my mid 40s. i was always healthy as a young person, so i didn't even think about insurance which most of my friends didn't either. but i would like c-span to correct the democrats that call up, and they do this every day. obama lied, today believe the lie, so they were deceived. the insurance companies -- and i'm not fond of them -- they just follow what obama told them to do. so they're cutting people off because ezekiel emanuel finally admitted -- and he's one of the creators of obamacare -- that the purpose of getting the people off the insurance companies so that they could come to obamacare, their plan was for people the lose their insurance. now, my question is, is anyone going to confront obama in dealing with he cannot break the law? it's a law, so is
a pornography of sort, celebrating failure. people telling important it is to fail. steve jobs giving commencement on how important it is to fail. if the steve jobs -- pretty easy to some pathetic if you lead a life of -- there is less exciting. i'm sure you have been a do-gooder, at do-gooder events where everyone is skimming the cream. i was at a table in a bunch of people who do you good but there was somebody from teach for america which is so hard to get into, it was somebody social entrepreneurship with a pic of the best entrepreneur's and invest in the. it was somebody picking up star student from cambodia and bring them to the universities a. there was somebody else picking up star urban kids to be ambassadors for scholarship recipients. this is a charity model based on the idea of the admissions process. you take out the stars and you move on. most religions say you serve the lowest of low, you serve the poorest among us. ticking up the stars and doing the cream skimming is by that standard him by any religious standard, not okay. and the third character challenge i would say
am listing her as part of the u.s. ip team, which includes steve hadley, former national security adviser and a member of professor jeremy rap can and ms. judy ansley, who are also members of our board. dr. kristin lord is with us. she is our executive vice president. in addition, i would like to recognize a couple of special state department guests. ambassador beth jones, who is the assistance of terri state for near -- assistant secretary for near east affairs. if you would come forward, i would like to recognize bill taylor, ambassador bill taylor, who is our vice president for the middle east and africa and leads our efforts in support of iraq's success. also, a great asset to the institute, to the united states, into the world. she has done a terrific amount of work where iraq is concerned. she is public the book. a book.shed she is a very important part of the institute and has been leading for years our efforts where iraq is concerned. she is going to describe a little bit about the work of the institute in iraq. >> thank you for such a warm welcome. i would like to welcome
but that is okay. i test what to say, is steve that my understanding is secretary for defence of intelligence is responsible for dod policy also relating to security and the whole fraud? >> yes we do. >> how long? >> six years. >> defender defense capability it appointed to serve as director of the management team of which she is responsible for personal issues including security clearance issues presidents several reports to confirm the process we thank you for your testimony today and earlier before the committee. to turnover we had to wait before the hearing began i of the key was present but to what i said to their colleagues as part of but what we try to do is what is the role of government? according to abraham but he also said in a book reinventing different it is to use tear the bow and not a row the boat but hopefully we figure out what is the role of government and of what needs the federal government nor the private sector. but you do have five minutes to hear verst statements. >> i appreciate the opportunity to talk about practices and procedures regarding security clearance facil
,t of the usip which includes steve hadley, jeremy rads, kristin lord, our executive vice president. i would like to recognize a couple of special state ambassadorguest, jones, the assistant secretary of state for near east affairs, the u.s. ambassador to iraq, and the deputy assistant secretary of state for iraqi and iran. if you would come forward, i would like to recognize bill taylor who is our vice president for the middle east and africa and lead to our efforts in success, andaq's then a great asset to the institute, two united states, to the world. she has done a perfect amount of work where iraq is concerned. andhas published a book, an important part of the institute and has let ari -- work.s led for years our she was big about the u.s. institute's work in iraq. >> thank you for such a warm introduction. i would like to welcome his excellency prime minister malki, his accompanying delegation, and our guests. usip has been working in iraq since 2003. we have shared its high moments as well as its difficult ones. we work hard with our partners in government and civil society to overcome th
a discriminatory system. steve the analysis has to be followed. with the supreme court says there is government has to justify the application of its mandate to the particular claimant and the government had granted exemptions for hundreds of thousands but was unwilling to make exception for the 130 or so claimants in that case. here it's far worse than now. in the federal register we have 98 million and some courts of calculate 191 million exceptions of religious and nonreligious for religious and nonreligious reasons. there is no way this is comparable to lee. >> your corporation a commercial operation does not purport to be a religious operation with those companies that are exempt in those terms. >> those are the only companies that are exempt. >> those are small companies that are grandfathered. ..
technology officer of the united states. mr. steve vanroekel is the chief information officer of the united states. and pursuant to the rules, as many of you will see, i was asked that you rise to take a sworn oath. please raise your right hands. do you swear or from the testimony you are about to give away the truth, the whole truth, nothing but the truth? let the record reflect that all answered in the affirmative. this is a large panel. it is going to be a long day. witnesses will be asked questions by both sides of the aisle. i would ask that since your opening statements are placed in the record verbatim that you adhere to the time clock and come to a halt as quickly as possible when it's red. yellow is not an opportunity to start a new subject. it is an opportunity to wrap up. with that, we will go to our distinguished guests. >> we appreciate the opportunity to testify. in july, i testified before the sub committee on failed i.t. projects and other troubled projects. now we are facing one with a more visible i.t. projects in we should report that seven successful i.t.
staff told them. and so it's not on them. it's on us. but it is something that we intend to fix. steve collinson. >> do you have reason to believe that iran would walk away from nuclear talks if congress draws up new sanctions? and would a diplomatic breakdown at this stage leave you no option but military action? and how do you respond to your critics on the hill who say that it was only tough sanctions that got iran to the table, but only tougher sanctions will make it capitulate? >> well, let me make a couple of points. number one, i've said before and i will repeat: we do not want iran having nuclear weapons. and it would be not only dangerous to us and our allies, but it would be destabilizing to the entire region, and could trigger a nuclear arms race that would make life much more dangerous for all of us. so our policy is iran cannot have nuclear weapons. and i'm leaving all options on the table to make sure that we meet that goal. point number two: the reason we've got such vigorous sanctions is because i and my administration put in place, when i came into office, the internat
tennessee, distinguished member of the judiciary committee, steve cohen, two minutes. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. cohen: thank you, mr. speaker. there's one fact that's indisputable, and it's the procedure by which this particular bill came to the floor. and that's a procedure whereby the majority had three witnesses, the minority had one , and none of the witnesses were victims. there are two major asbestos victims groups. they would be the people most interested in preserving the funds for victims. the asbestos disease awareness organization and the asbestos rights campaign. one is headed up by a former ember of this house's widow, mrs. vento. her husband died of mesothelioma. the fact is indisputablely they were not allowed to testify. if this bill indeed was for the victims, the victim should have had an opportunity to testify. the chairman of the subcommittee of which i am the ranking member valiantly tried to rectify that error, mr. bachus, and allow them to testify but was overruled, and the fact is the procedure that brought this bill to t
committed to my counterparts, steve israel, to do six events around the country for the dccc, that's one commitment he's keeping. he's been to boston, new york, san francisco, chicago. he'll be in seattle on the 24th. that's hard to compete with. because he's got the president and mrs. obama. the vice president. you know? the whole infrastructure's administration. one thing he wants more than anything else, and that is govern in his last two years like he was able to in the first two years without us being in check and balance. if we're out of the way, he'll never have an oversight hearing on the irs or benghazi or all of the issues that people are rightfully concerned about. it will be bar the doors. they'll all get along. legislation will pass and flow. will we have a chance to read it? >> life without daryl issa would be hard to imagine, wouldn't it? >> what would you all do? >> what would we do? >> i want to ask specifically about the race between -- and mattison because he's certainly the most vulnerable democrat in the country. what about the campaign has been retooled and what abo
, next question. start over here. >> thank you. steve tashiro attridge appear from your beard but just a question i started yesterday and directed to mr. fuentes. pursuing routine criminal investigations and criminal act to the date, is not only an important task in its own right, but may lead to greater discovery with respect to crime and terrorism. the question to you is do you think that the fbi is morphing into an intelligence agency focused on ct and issues related to it has in fact encouraged -- encourage taking the eye off the ball? >> to an extent, yes. someone has. it should be noted that even after 9/11, 50% of the fbi agents are working criminal cases. so the increase in counterterrorism and national security related investigations has increased as a percentage, but not completely. terminal investigations are still ongoing, but the thresholds to work many of the perceived white-collar crimes are not. in terms of initiatives or new programs, when you're on the hill train to justify something, again as much of the focus is going to be counterterrorism as opposed to other benef
the committee. we will get pressured to remove every one of our recommendations steve to remove those reservations would require congress to act to remove those reservations. >> forgive me, i wasn't clear. it is farce authority there are a lot of folks is spoken today that we are going to lose credibility many great -- mitigate credibility if we don't ratify. i think that is excessive. we will maintain our credibility. 138 countries have ratified without us ratifying. great bitten and. >> has passed the conference of an african a shins are making differences in embracing this because they have ratified it. even without us ratifying time and again i care when i met the u.n. from delicate to tell me you are the leaders on this. we understand you have not ratified that you are still the leader. again i think if we go down this path and go to reservations we have gone too far as far as i'm concerned because we already have the authority, the credibility and leadership to make a difference around the world. the. >> would the work constructively with mr. meyer and others to do what we can t
on those -- steve can you tell us what the line is we are trying to get to? >> the framers of the convention and congress implementing the convention made a judgment that there needs to be a comprehensive ban and you can't draw these kinds of clients. >> could i ask why that is because this convention and the implementing legislation is very broad in its broad because it applies to a very large category of weapons and it applies to a large category of uses, of conduct. what were they thinking about about why they wanted these broad categories? why it's not more limited with respect either to the chemicals were the conduct? >> with respect to the chemicals , you can't predict in advance how chemicals are going to used and how toxic they will be in a particular combination and how dangerous they will be any reticular combinations of there for you need a conference of method. >> you are telling me i am attempting to draw the line. if you are saying it's against the national security interests which is the first time i have heard that, it's the national interest against the nat
yield the floor. steve from a young age she loved to write. she would often create poems as gifts for her parents on christmas and birthdays. she would write a poem and illustrated. we have two early examples here from when she was about 10 years old. in the fall of 1950 lim bouvier entered vaux writing contest and her winning essays are self orchard in question three of the essay who were three people in history you wished you had known in the first to she mentions are the french poet and oscar wilde the author. .. >> a preview of the 2014 midterm election and former ambassador from nato followed by the preview of the summit in great britain. next, a preview of the 2014 midterm election and what nay may influence them. charles cook gives his preview a and it was hosted in washington, d.c. >> thanks very much, poppy, for that induction. you had i did well for 13 years and i was with them for 15 i must have sucked for two years. it is great to see you again. these are a lot of fun. greg and i go back upwards of 25 years and he is a good friend. we have enjoyed this association. the
and ceo of the financial service round table steve bartlet. we have received individual letters from 84 non-profit disability and religious organizations. not to next sign on letters representing a thousand dollar different groups. we have heard from citizens, some well known, and some not as well known. collin powell, the president of ga galuadet who wrote nothing is more american than recognizing quality for all citizens. and we have several petitions that have been organized with a total of 67,000 signatures. and let us not forget what this means to veterans. we have received letters from 15 veteran supporters. the american legion and the veterans of foreign war with 1.5 million members. and i would like to recognize the national commander of the american legion who is here with us today. everyone who supports the treaty is pleads the resolution the american legion passed. thank you very much. we have honored to have wounded warriors from all generations. thank you for taking the time to show your support. you have ours which is one reason we should ratify the treaty as soon as possi
of the round table, steve bartlett who is here. when he was in the house, he was a leader of the effort to pass the americans with disabilities act and we appreciate his presence and we receive individual letters from 84 non-profit disability of religious organizations like the red cross, easter seals, national federation for the blind and special olympics to name a few not to mention sign on letters representing over a thousand different groups. we heard from individuals, some not so well-known and some very well-known citizens like colin powell, chinese human rights activists, special olympics athlete loretta claiborne, king jordan, president emeritus of dallas university who wrote nothing is more american than recognizing equal opportunity for all citizens. at the end of the day dr. jordan's simple but compelling statement is the sum and substance of why we must ratify the treaty and we have several petitions organized by different groups with a total of 60,000 signatures. let us not forget what this treaty means to veterans. we have received letters of support from 15 veterans organizations
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